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The Party Place- Panjim
Perfect for eating, drinking and Lazing around.
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History of Panjim
Panjim or Panaji is the capital city of Goa and is the headquarters of the North Goa district. Although Panjim is famous for its beaches, it has a rich history. For centuries, it was a major trade city and flourished through the sea routes. Panjim was a part of the Kingdom of Sawantwadi before being conquered by the Portuguese who dubbed it ‘Nova Goa’. The Portuguese rule of Panjim lasted for over 450 years! Under their rule, Panjim saw a steady development in agriculture and education. It became a part of the Republic of India in 1961 and was a Union Territory. Today, it is the capital of the state of Goa.
People and Culture of Panjim
A Panjim tour is a must for tourists to experience the flamboyant culture. The occupation of most inhabitants of the city is in the tourism industry. The city is an array of Indian nationals and Portuguese descendants with Konkani being the most common spoken language. The major festivals celebrated here are Christmas, Diwali, Chavoth, Shigmo and Easter.
Things to Do in Panjim
Tourists looking for things to do in Panjim have infinite options. The biggest Panjim attractions are the wonderful sandy beaches. For a relaxing day with a view of the Arabian Sea, the Miramar beach is the ideal place to visit. Sightseeing in Panjim is an absolute delight. If travellers are looking to experience Goa’s rich cultural history, the most famous places in Panjim include the church Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the Basilica of Bom Jesus, both of which are architectural masterpieces. The Fort Aguada and Goa Archaeological museum are also among the best places to visit in Panjim.
Other places to visit in Panjim for sandy beaches are the Dona Paula beach and the Palolem beach. Panjim tourist places include the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Old Goa. Panjim places to visit are innumerable and the sights are truly incredible.
Food and Shopping in Panjim
A trip to Panjim must include indulging in the local seafood cuisine Goa offers some of the best seafood dishes in the country – fresh fish, prawns, lobsters and calamari. The Konkani cuisine has many Portuguese and French influences. The must try dishes are Goan fish curry, crab xec, and prawn balchao. End the delicious meal a glass of the local alcohol Feni, which is made from cashew.
After a day of Panjim sightseeing, shopping is also a real treat! 18th June road is a go-to place for tasty cashew and scintillating spices. Panjim also has a number of flea markets where tourists can buy bright coloured summer clothing and ethnic jewellery.
Accommodation in Panjim
For travellers who want to know how to reach Panjim, they may find many options including by road train and flight. The city is well connected, especially by road through state and national highways. The places to see in Panjim are amazing, but so are the hotels. Tourists visiting the state can choose from a host of hotels in Panjim some of the best being Cidade De Goa, The Crown and Vivanta by Taj. For the complete experience of Panjim, choose a beachside hotel to enjoy the gorgeous view of the Arabian Sea.
Panjim seems to be very popular this season!